Bradley, Ruby, COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Army Nurse Corps
Last Primary MOS
3448-Medical-Surgical Nurse
Last MOS Group
Nurse Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1958-1963, Army Nurse Corps, HQ, US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM)
Service Years
1934 - 1963

Army Nurse Corps


Four Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Hazard, KY

Date of Passing
May 28, 2002
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 21, Site 318

 Official Badges 

US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

Medical Shoulder Cord

 Military Association Memberships
Women Veterans of AmericaArmy Nurse Corps AssociationAmerican Ex-POW Association
  1945, Women Veterans of America [Verified]
  1945, Army Nurse Corps Association
  1945, American Ex-POW Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Colonel Ruby Bradley was one of the most decorated women in United States military history. She was a native of Spencer, West Virginia but lived in Falls Church, Virginia, for 50+ years.

Bradley entered the Army Nurse Corps as a surgical nurse in 1934. She was serving at Camp John Hay in the Philippines when she was captured by Japanese forces three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In 1943, she was moved to the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila. It was there that she and several other imprisoned nurses earned the title "Angels in Fatigues" from fellow captives. For the next several months, she provided medical help to the prisoners and sought to feed starving children by shoving food into her pockets whenever she could, often going hungry herself. As she lost weight, she used the room in her uniform for smuggling surgical equipment into the prisoner-of-war camp. At the camp she assisted in 230 operations and helped to deliver 13 children. When U.S. troops liberated the camp on February 3, 1945, Bradley weighed only 86 pounds.

Bradley served in the Korean War as Chief Nurse for the 171st Evacuation Hospital before being named Chief Nurse for the Eighth Army in 1951 where she supervised over 500 Army nurses throughout Korea. It was there that she refused to leave until she had loaded the sick and wounded onto a plane while surrounded by 100,000 Chinese soldiers. She was able to jump aboard the plane just as her ambulance exploded from an enemy shell.

She was awarded the rank of colonel in 1958 and retired from the Army in 1963. Her military record included 34 medals and citations of bravery, including two Legion of Merit medals, two Bronze stars, two Presidential Emblems, the World War II Victory Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.

She was the subject of a February 23, 2000 NBC Nightly News report by Tom Brokaw about the forgotten heroes of the military.

She was also the recipient of a memorial resolution drafted by Congressman Joe Baca of California, regarding her exemplary service to this nation after her death in 2002.

She is buried at
Arlington National Cemetery.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1934, WAC Officer Basic Training Course (Fort McClellan, AL), E/1
 Unit Assignments
HQ, US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM)POW/MIA8th Army
  1934-1939, Army Nurse Corps, HQ, US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM)
  1939-1940, Army Nurse Corps, HQ, US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM)
  1941-1945, POW/MIA
  1946-1950, Army Nurse Corps, HQ, US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM)
  1951-1953, 8th Army
  1958-1963, Army Nurse Corps, HQ, US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Leyte
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle for Manila
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, Los Angeles
  1947-1949, University of California, Los Angeles
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